POSTED: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 12:55pm
UPDATED: Monday, April 8, 2013 - 1:10pm
(KETV) — The University of Nebraska held its spring game this weekend, giving a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to a boy battling brain cancer.
Seven-year-old Jack Hoffman runs in a 69-yd touchdown in front of 60,000 screaming fans, including his friend and idol, former Husker, Rex Burkhead.
"I told him, 'Congrats,' that he looked good," said Burkhead. "I told him he needs to be the new running back here."
Burkhead met Jack in 2011.
The two quickly became friends and Jack became one of the team's biggest inspirations, a little boy battling brain cancer.
Saturday, Jack moved from the sidelines to the field.
"It's awesome. I mean, Jack, he's a fighter," said Burkhead. "He's a strong kid. Just to see him get our here, run around, enjoy the Husker experience, it's a dream come true, especially for kids growing up in the state of Nebraska. For Jack to get out here and do it, I know it made his day."
Jack's father, Andy Hoffman spear-headed "Team Jack" to raise money and awareness for kid everywhere fighting brain cancer.
Saturday was all about his son.
"You know, it was pretty special. It was very special," said Hoffman. "I told Coach and all these coaches, you know, they've given Jack so many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, and to have another one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities, I think, speaks volumes about Coach Pelini and the kind of program he has, and really, what he's all about as a person."
Jack's moment will go down in history. He was Nebraska's leading rusher for the day. It was a game these players and coaches will never forget.
"It puts it all in perspective what the game's really all about," said Burkhead. "It is a game. That's why they call it a game. It's great for our players to see that there's just something bigger than this."